R.F.Wilson reports from London: In case you are not aware of it, but this year the Notting Hill Carnival in London will be taking place under the watchful eye of a team of super-recognisers, cops with photographic memory who will be sitting at the control room and monitoring the footage from 70 CCTV cameras scattered along the route of the two-day event which has been the scourge of all the locals for more than three decades now. The idea is that these vigilant boys in blue will be picking up faces of known troublemakers from the crowds or people and alerting their comrades on the ground to keep an eye on them or even arrest them.
Yes, the celebration of diversity and multiculturalism, as the NHC is often called by liberals and left-wing loons, is upon us. This year the organisers are expecting about one million people to attend the festivities and local residents are already bolting up their front doors and windows, ready to leave for the weekend. Their attempts in the past to have the carnival moved to another area have failed, having come under fire from the politically correct brigade and two consecutive London mayors, who both are to common sense what genital warts are to enjoyable sexual intercourse.
The organisers of the NHC keep telling everyone that the carnival is all about culture and more culture. Even though it’s more of a giant piss up really, with smelly food sold all over the place and violence flaring up in the evening with frightening predictability.
The NHC is actually quite primitive in its execution and has got very little to do with the traditions or history of the West Indies. The procession is not exactly a mix of bright colours and original ideas, with many of the costumes looking suspiciously recycled, along with the props that are dragged through the streets. And yet, as we are told, a lot of public money is given to the organisers, not to mention the astronomical costs of policing the event.
And you can rest assured that London Mayor Boris Johnson will grace the Carnival with his presence, talking about its huge importance for London and its diversity and all that other stuff he likes to talk about when he’s in the mood. And no one would dare say anything against it, fearing to be labelled racist. Because the Carnival has long ago ben turned into a moving monument to political correctness and anyone, who objects to it, is viewed as a fascist.
Let’s hope the super-recognisers have some fun picking out people they don’t like the look of from the CCTV footage and telling the cops to get them busted. And the more the merrier.